Lt. General Clarence R. Huebner

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Lt. Gen. C.R. Huebner of the State Civil Defense Commission and Arthur Wallander (r), civil defense chief of NYC, with photo of projected results of an atomic bomb attack on NYC, Nov 28, 1951.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Guest is Lt. General Clarence R. Huebner, New York State Director of Defense. He discusses civil defense in New York state.

Panelists include Jack Parker, Raymond M. Tierney Jr., and Barbara Benmolche.


New York would only survive an attack if there was adequate preparation and civil defense planning. Civil defense is defense without the military, organized by the government. Shelter is key to civil defense. Advises that all you need to avoid radiation is the equivalent of 3 feet of earth.
While Huebner does not hope for war, he want to be prepared in case of war.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72084
Municipal archives id: LT8893